The first step in dealing with Alzheimer’s or Dementia in your family is educating yourself on your options for Dementia Care. Many are unaware that there are reliable senior home care options available from educated home health care professionals.
Integracare offers home health care services to help those with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia in Toronto and Mississauga to continue living in the comfort of their own home.
Dementia Care can be a sensitive and challenging topic for people to discuss with family. That said, being proactive and finding out what you and your family can do in advance will have long-term advantages. Have the discussion now to help your loved one maintain a comfortable living situation in the future.
Compassionate Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care in Toronto & Mississauga
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you need to think carefully about future care options. Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms (memory loss, reduced motor functions, etc.) can progress over the years, which is why it’s essential to consider future needs when discussing health care options.
Planning for Alzheimer’s care well in advance will help your family cope in the difficult, emotional time, and help you to facilitate the best living atmosphere for you or your loved one in the future.
Integracare offers compassionate and flexible senior home care in Toronto and Mississauga that can grow and adapt as Dementia progresses. We connect each of our Clients with a Caregiver who is specialized in Alzheimer’s Care and Dementia Care. Our highly qualified and well-trained staff are supervised on a 24/7 basis by Registered Nursing and Dementia Care specialists.
Integracare is the only provider of home health care in Toronto and Mississauga committed to educating 100% of our Caregivers in all four facets of Dementia Care. We provide Dementia Care in Toronto for our Clients 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Our objective is to provide the highest quality of care with compassion and engaging companionship.
Dementia Care for Alzheimer Patients to Age in Place
The term “ageing in place” is often used in reference to home health care, as it is overwhelmingly the preference of seniors in North America. Ageing in place means independence, comfort, familiarity, safety, connection and community for a senior.
Dementia can sometimes pose a challenge when a senior wants to remain in their home, but Integracare’s in home Dementia Care services in Toronto and Mississauga helps families to enable their loved ones to comfortably age in place.
How does Dementia Care differ from regular home care services?
Dementia Care must evolve with the progression of the disease. As Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses progress, therapy must adapt, and the level of care needs to increase over time. As the Client loses cognitive and motor skills, the Caregiver will have to provide increasing levels of attention.
At the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, one can generally still lead a very independent life. While initial memory loss may cause one to forget words or require reminders, one can usually still dress, clean, cook, attend social events, and even drive. One tends to need assistance with things like medication management, financial management, and developing coping strategies to deal with the future.
As the disease progresses to the middle stage, people and their families often start to seek out home health care. This is when one may begin to forget faces or lose one’s sense of direction in a familiar area. Depression, aggression, and erratic moods may become a factor at this time. This is also the stage when memory, coordination and mobility suffer, and the individual requires greater attention. A consistent relationship with a Caregiver at home can help provide comfort and familiarity at this time and delay the onset of the late stage.
Late-stage Alzheimer’s requires intensive Alzheimer’s Care and the most assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Integracare makes it possible to continue home health care at this stage by providing a Personal Support Worker who can also assist with care by accompanying a Client to any necessary medical facility.
By providing home health care services in Toronto and Mississauga, Integracare offers a flexible form of care that can grow and evolve with people experiencing the stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We firmly believe in promoting independence while also providing the care and assistance required by people living with Dementia.
Integracare’s Exclusive Partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto
In 2017, Integracare invested in a full suite of comprehensive Dementia Care training programs provided by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. We continue to put our staff through this training to ensure that all 100 per cent of our Caregivers are equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to support Clients at every stage of Dementia.
This ground-breaking partnership continues to make us the Dementia Care provider of choice in Toronto and Mississauga. Cathy Barrick, the current CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, shared in the press release announcing our partnership that:
“Training personal support workers (PSWs) and other frontline health professionals is one way we know that we can dramatically improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families. Through this partnership, Integracare is demonstrating a unique commitment to providing the best possible care for their clients and all Torontonians living with this disease.”
According to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Integracare is a “Dementia Friendly” provider. We are the only home health care company with this distinction.
Daily Living Activities for Dementia Care in Toronto & Mississauga
Integracare Caregivers provide several services, including assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Seniors living with Dementia may struggle to perform essential self-care tasks due to loss of memory, cognitive function and motor skills. This can put a strain on families, which is why many rely on nursing care in Toronto and Mississauga to help them provide comprehensive care for their loved ones.
If you’re not sure if a Caregiver is right for your family, learn more about the Activities of Daily Living and how a Caregiver can help with them:
- Personal Hygiene: Bathing and showering, dental care, nail care, and other essential grooming tasks that can be difficult with reduced coordination and mobility.
- Eating: This refers to the ability to feed oneself. Food preparation is often one of the first tasks taken over by a Caregiver, as cooking can be dangerous for someone with reduced coordination and memory loss. Eating as an ADL includes the ability to ingest food independently, which is something that may require assistance much later.
- Transferring and Mobility: Transferring refers to the act of moving from one place to another, i.e., standing up from a chair, walking independently, getting into bed, or getting into the bathtub independently. This can be very difficult for a family member alone to handle, as it requires training and strength.
- Dressing: Both the cognitive ability to make appropriate decisions about clothing and the coordination and mobility required to physically dress or undress oneself.
- Continence: The physical and mental capacity to use the bathroom can be lost in dementia, while limited mobility and the inability to get on and off the toilet can exacerbate the issue.
Assistance with ADLs requires a Caregiver who is compassionate and caring. They must be sensitive to Clients experiencing dementia and eager to help. This is why Integracare goes to such lengths to ensure every Caregiver on our staff is appropriately educated to provide adequate Dementia Care.
Integracare’s Additional Services for Dementia Care
There’s more to Dementia Care than assistance with ADLs, which is why we offer additional services that can benefit the growth and fulfilment of our Clients. People who utilize Integracare for home health care in Toronto or Mississauga are able to benefit from Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, Wound Care, and Advocacy as needed.
Massage Therapy can also reduce a Client’s sense of loneliness and isolation as it provides a human touch, an element that is often lacking in the life of a senior living with Dementia. Touch is an important way to ease anxiety and build trust between a Client and their Caregiver.
Alleviating anxiety can also decrease physical agitation, which can manifest as pacing, wandering, or resistance to care. For Clients with mobility issues who are at risk of a sedentary lifestyle, Massage Therapy can also increase blood flow and prevent related injuries such as sores.
Physiotherapy at home can help people to improve their recovery time after surgery or injury. Without Physiotherapy to improve recovery and the rehabilitation process, injuries can have long-lasting consequences. Integracare provides Physiotherapy at home to make living much easier for Clients, especially those living with Dementia for whom mobility may be a concern.
We understand that transportation and getting to appointments can be a challenge for families, which is why we offer cost-effective and efficient Physiotherapy services. It is of the utmost importance to us that our Clients receive treatment with dignity and in the familiar environment of their own home. Integracare Physiotherapists offer treatment to all Clients as an essential part of our home care services in Toronto and Mississauga, including those who have Dementia.
Alongside Physiotherapy, some Clients may also require Wound Care as part of their home nursing in Toronto. Integracare’s Caregivers boast specialized training in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care to provide professional assessing, treating, and caring for wounds.
A Registered Nurse will create a wound care plan after assessing a wound and the area around it. This plan includes identifying and applying the right dressing or treatment, changing dressings as required, and removing clips and sutures post-surgery.
As part of Integracare’s professional nursing care in Toronto and Mississauga, our Caregivers act as healthcare advocates for you or your loved one’s dignity and comfort with medical professionals. Our Caregivers can visit either our Clients’ homes or visit them in a hospital or a care facility to fill in any gaps in care and advocate for their best interests. Our Caregivers work closely with families to provide better quality care and living.
Home Nursing & Dementia Care in Toronto and Mississauga
Integracare boasts a staff of Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Registered Physiotherapists, and Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) who are all equipped to provide professional home health care in Toronto and Mississauga.
We are the only home health care company that provides education in all four facets of Dementia Care for 100% of its Caregivers. This makes us confident that we can provide the highest quality of care for Clients who have Alzheimer’s disease or any type of Dementia.
Dementia Care requires an in-depth understanding of a Client’s special needs and preferences. You can trust our specially educated Caregivers who understand Dementia and have their Client’s best interests in mind
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia, give us a call or get a free in-home assessment. We can help you and your family to come up with a plan for Dementia Care in Toronto. Integracare is committed to helping our Clients live joyfully in a familiar community, with the dignity and comfort of ageing in place. Better care happens at home.